In my search for a way to go to Cavinti via commute from Manila, I stumbled on this. 🙂 Very informative enough.
The town’s name came from the Tagalog expression, “kabit sa binti”. The Aetas, the early dwellers of the land, performed a wedding ritual in which the groom chases his bride to the riverbank. The groom will try to capture his bride by her legs (“binti”), with the witnesses shouting, “Kabit sa binti, kabit sa binti!” This phrase later became “Kabinti”; hence the name.
Alam na Joseph kung saan ka nagmula!
People from Cavinti are being called by nearby towns as "kabintiin".
Natural wonders like falls, rivers, lakes, caves and mountains abound in Cavinti. The world famous Pagsanjan Falls, which is locally known as Cavinti Falls, is actually located in Cavinti. One can explore and adventurous gateway to the world-famous Falls through Cavinti’s very own Pueblo El Salvador Cavinti Nature’s Park and Picnic Groove in barangay Tibatib-Anglas. One can enjoy the exciting nature’s trail and feel the cold and oozing waterfalls through an exciting bamboo raft-ride and massage on the fall’s basin. Shooting the Cavinti Rapids is and equally wonderful experience. Guest can also enjoy the breathtaking views of nearby Mount Banahaw along the man-made lakes of Caliraya and Lumot. Sailing, wind surfing and kayaking are just some of the many activities you can indulge along the lake areas. There are sites that still remain untapped and unexplored in Cavinti, like the Bumbungan Twin Falls, The Cavinti Underground River and Caves Complex, the Bayakan Falls and Bat Cave.
List of tourist destinations:
- Cavinti Falls (a.k.a. Pagsanjan Falls) (Brgy. Anglas/Tibatib)
- Cavinti Underground River and Caves Complex (Brgy. Paowin)
- Nakulo Falls (Brgy. Anglas/Tibatib)
- Caliraya Lake is a man-made lake popular for surface water sports and recreational fishing. (Brgy. East and West Talaongan)
- Lumot lake is another man-made lake connected to Caliraya Lake by an underground penstock, which is also popular for water sports and sport fishing. (Brgy. Mahipon, Inao-awan, Bukal, Cansuso, and Paowin)
- Bumbungan Eco Park (Brgy. Tibatib)
- Pueblo El Salvador Cavinti Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove (Brgy. Anglas/Tibatib)
- Japanese Garden (Brgy. West Talaongan)
- Bayakan Falls (Brgy. Tibatib)
- Bat Cave (Brgy. Tibatib)
- Bumbungan Twin Falls (Brgy. Sumucab)
- Talon ng Caliraya (Brgy. West and East Talaongan)
- Roman Catholic Church (Transfiguration Parish)(1606)
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Cavinti is approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi) from Manila. From Manila via Calamba, a bus will take you to Santa Cruz, Laguna. In Sta. Cruz, jeepneys going to Cavinti can be found at the jeepney’s terminal. Via Sta. Cruz, you will pass by the town of Pagsanjan before you reach Cavinti. You will easily know it when you have reached the town because the roads become zigzagged with lots of sharp twists and turns. Transportation to its barangays are served by tricycles and jeepneys.
Another routes/mode of transportation to go to Cavinti:
- Cavinti to Santa Cruz (jeepney) – Main (Cavinti)
- Lucban to Santa Cruz (mini-bus) – Via Cavinti
- Lucena to Santa Cruz (mini-bus) – Via Cavinti
- Luisiana to Santa Cruz (jeepney) – Via Cavinti
- Infanta to Lucena (bus) – via Cavinti
Roads and bridges:
- There are 2 main roads in Cavinti, the Cailles St. where the Public Market and many commercial and business establishments located and the Magsaysay Drive where many commercial, stores, and business establishments located too.
- The 2 main bridges in Cavinti is the Cavinti Bridge which connects the barangay Duhat and barangay Poblacion, and another main bridge in Cavinti is the Tibatib Bridge which connects the barangay Tibatib and barangay Poblacion.
ANNUAL EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
- Independence Day Celebration
- (June 12) – Floral offering at the monument of Dr. Jose P. Rizal(the country’s national hero) and a short program for the people to develop a sense of pride and nationalism.
- Sambalilo Festival
- (August 3–6) – The Sambalilo Festival is one of the most colorful and prosperous festival in the province of Laguna. It is celebrated that commemorates the handmade sombrero(hat) made from pandan. Highlights of the fiesta include the trade fair exhibits, Cavinti’s Got Talent, Brass band bonanza, street dancing, fireworks display, Cavinti Fun run, Palarong Pinoy (Traditional or cultural games), Exhibition game of PBA players vs. Cavinti All Stars and the world’s biggest Sambalilo.
- Christmas Day
- (December 25) – Christmas Day in Cavinti is an integration of festive and competitive Christmas activities showcasing colorful highlight and array of decorations in barangay and Municipal Building.
- Tilapia Festival
- (February 26–28) – The first Tilapia Festival will be launched on February 26–28, 2014 to exploit the municipal tourism and promote tilapia traders. This is also celebrated to thank the Almighty God of the tilapia traders in the town of Cavinti that was gradually identified for its fresh,delicious, and tasteful tilapia compared to other towns. Highlights of this festival features Motorcade,Tilapia Olympics, Street grilling of tilapia and other kinds of seafood, Photo Contest, Seminar for Tilapia traders and Food Fest.
- Harvest Festival
- (October 2–3) – Highlights of this festival features the festivities,prosperity, and unique celebration of Cavinti to promote or exploit the tourism together with the devoloping of town’s agriculture. Participated by 19 barangays features different kinds of vegetables and fruits which would become source of the food for the town.
- Mayflower Festival
- (Celebrated during the month of May) – It is an old tradition of the Catholic to offer flowers to the image of Mother Mary,praying of rosary, and Parade of different kinds of God’s figure. It is initiated by the Hermanos and Hermanas that is sharing of their blessings to the people of Cavinti.